Good morning MHR, I know there are about a 1000 mocks a day on this website, but I wanted to give my own. BPA stands for Best Player Available for those of you who don't know. In the draft, this is a philosophy of drafting the best player at your pick. Sometimes it means forgoing your biggest needs for a better player. I know some here are against it, but truthfully the best teams do it. I've heard arguments that only the good teams do it, and I think that helps prove my point. They are the best because they get premium talent. This doesn't mean though that you always forgo your needs, most teams who do draft BPA take need in as a factor, but not so much. I believe it was swg77 who said its 70% BPA and 30% need.
I'm not going to mock an Orton trade, as it seems there will be no CBA before the draft. I think we'll get a new one mid August, and by that time we will have traded him to some team. But, that obviously means his trade will have nothing to do with this draft. Also, I'm not a huge fan of predicting trades in mocks, since they are so unpredictable, so for the sake of this I will stay with the picks we currently have.
#2 overall pick: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:
I know people won't be happy with this pick all the way at 2, but I'm mocking this because I have PP as my 2nd best player, behind Dareus. I, therefore, believe the Panthers would draft Dareus if the draft was held today. I'm pulling for them to take a QB, but I don't see any QB in this draft being pro ready, and therefore not worthy of the 1st pick. With PP though, we have another CB stud next to Champ, and a definite #1 CB down the road for when Champ makes the inevitable switch to S. I also have Fairley at 3 on my board, but with so much depth at the DT position in this draft class, and the ?'s on Fairley, I think it may be in our best interest to go DT later.
#36: Marvin Austin, DT, UNC:
I admit I'm not his biggest fan, but there's no doubting the talent. He's a true 3 tech penetrator, and a prospect like him (who has top 10 talent, was in the top 5 of every mock draft before his suspension) is one of the reasons why the Broncos can afford to forgo there biggest need with their first pick if Dareus is gone. It may be hard to expect a kid who hasn't played the game since 09 to start day one, but when he gets on the field expect him to disrupt a lot of interior plays and make QB's second guess stepping up in the pocket.
#46: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA:
This kid is truly what many scouts define as a "center fielder," meaning he can cover a lot of ground deep, locate the ball, and make a play on it. Many are turned off by his size, but I'm not too worried. He had a dip inproduction because he played a lot on the line, which is a plus for me. In no way was he dominant there, but I think it shows he can handle the dirty work of the S position without getting hurt (McBath).
#67:Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson
MTD recently put up a great scouting report on this kid. Bowers credited a lot of his success to Jenkins, who does the dirty work. He's been called the prototypical 4-3 NT, which is a plus for Fox. A tandem of Austin and Jenkins makes me giddy.
#184: Mike Mohamed, LB, Cal:
I admit I wasn't too familiar with him until recently, but I'm really beginning to like him as a late round guy. CBS says he's a fringe 6th rounder, but I could see him fall here. He played at Cal where they run a lot of 3-4/4-3 looks, so he has to be pretty smart to do well in both. I really like his athleticism (4.6 forty, 1.6 ten yard split, for the rest check here) and coverage skills. He reminds me of a prototypical Sr. LB, smart kid, does the little things well, great leader, good tackler. I think he's got a shot to start day one for Denver's decrepit LB corps.
#194: Weslye Saunders, TE, South Carolina
He has some character concerns and didn't show up to the combine in great shape, but there's no denying his talent and with a 7th round pick, its worth taking a chance on this kid.
I realize many may not be fans, but with BPA I feel we got some great talent, and definitly upgraded a lot of positions. Lemme know what you think of the BPA approach.